Wednesday, November 9, 2011

roadside assistance by Amy Clipston

Book Description:  A very bumpy ride. Emily Curtis is used to dealing with her problems while under the hood of an old Chevy, but when her mom dies, Emily's world seems shaken beyond repair. Driven from home by hospital bills they can't pay, Emily and her dad move in with his wealthy sister, who intends to make her niece more feminine---in other words, just like Whitney, Emily's perfect cousin. But when Emily hears the engine of a 1970 Dodge Challenger, and sees the cute gearhead, Zander, next door, things seem to be looking up. But even working alongside Zander can't completely fix the hole in Emily's life. Ever since her mom died, Emily hasn't been able to pray, and no one---not even Zander---seems to understand. But sometimes the help you need can come from the person you least expect.
My Review:  Amy Clipston is a new favorite author of mine.  In Roadside Assistance she pens a a heartwarming tale of a girl who is not only trying to find herself but is trying to find God.
Emily and her father have just lost loved their beloved mother and wife to cancer.  Emily feels the loss deeply.  But because of the high cost of cancer treatments, hospital bills and all the funeral costs Emily's dad loses his business and their house.  With no where to go, his younger sister invites Emily and her dad to live in their huge mansion of a house with them until Emily's dad can get a job and they get back on their financial feet.
The move is hard on Emily.  She left her best friend and all that she knew.  However, her aunt and cousin, Whitney are trying their best to be kind and help Emily fit in.  But being a teenage girl Emily feels like she is the poor cast off relative, using all of her cousin's "leftovers."  Then Emily meets Zander.  He seems to really understand her pain and thoughts but as he tells he "I am a guy."  So being a guy makes it hard for him to truly understand all that Emily is going through.  For no one truly understands her love of working under the hood of a vehicle.  And she is very good at understanding and fixing vehicles!
I truly like the way Amy Clipston writes with raw emotion through the eyes of a an older teenage girl.  This is wonderful YA read!  This is a fast read that includes the journal writings of Emily and her faith filled journey to becoming a young lady for the Lord.
*This book was provided for review by Zondervan*
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